Abortion may have just become an issue in the Democratic campaign for governor. Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald posted the following late Friday:
Attention, ladies: DuBose Porter is pro-life.
But the Democratic gubernatorial candidate says he’s not going to make a big deal out of it.
Porter, the House minority leader from Dublin, is a hard man to pin down on abortion. That’s not surprising, given that he’s stuck between a conservative, religious rural constituency and statewide ambitions that involve appealing to a more liberal, female, urban audience as well.
Talking to Porter about biotech research this afternoon, I prefaced a question about embryonic stem cells by asking him whether he was pro-life or pro-choice.
“I don’t know if that’s where government needs to be,” he dodged.
I pressed a little bit, and he said he believes abortion ought to be legal in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life. So, otherwise, you’re pro-life, then, right? Right, he said, but with the caveat that state governments don’t have much control over the issue.
“I really think this is something that ought to be handled in the courts later,” he said.
Then, reiterating that abortion isn’t a priority for him, he skillfully steered the conversation back to what he really wanted to talk about.
“I think when people are better-educated, there are fewer abortions,” he said. “I’m going to put the emphasis of my administration on education.”
So a natural question arises: Where is Carol Porter of Dublin, the spouse of the candidate named above and Democratic candidate in her own right for lieutenant governor?
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